A great article Adrian!
Aristotle’s works are fascinating. I recently read Ross’ translation of NM, and it is definitely really insightful.
Virtues are actually the mean between 2 vices. So for example, braveness is the middle ground between the vices of cowardice, and rashness.. both which would surely do more damage than good.
I think this really draws out the lesser and greater distinction you made. Yes, sometimes it’s okay to have short sharp bursts of pleasure, but all in moderation!
To anyone reading this, check out Ross’ translation here: